viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015

Body Theme for Elementary Language Learners

Emotion, play and surprising activities are the secret ingredients to learning.

Body flip book: go to one of my favorite web pages and get the flip book.

Body draw book: Let them recognize that everybody in class is different.
Have the students draw  their bodies.

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Board Activity 1: Draw several shapes as torsos on the board . Have children come up to the complete the body.

Teacher: karla and Paul, draw the heads.

Continue with more body parts until the drawing is complete. Go over all the body parts and label them.   Then, have children draw themselves with their complete bodies and label all their body parts.

Board Activity 2 Divide the class in several teams. Have a student from each team go to the board. Say a body vocabulary word and have the students write it on the board as fast as they can.  Give a point to each team that does it correctly. Continue with more words.

Draw a body torso on the board .Place all the body cutouts in a bag. Have a student take a cut out from the bag and name it. Then go to the board and place it where it belongs.

Children can count with their fingers. I printed onto cardboard  a right and left hand. Then I glued all the numbers onto clothespin. Students have to number all the fingers in the hand.

Left and right: teach directionality during this unit. Have students hold both hands in front of themselves. Use the hands and arrows available for this purpose. You can make them smaller and paste the hands on their tables to remind them of left and right. Have students say right hand and show it to you. Do the same with left hand.

Pocket charts help children manipulate language in a special way. This time I included Big and small as a sorting body part activity. There´s a sentence version and a word cut out to make sentences.

Make words: print letters onto different colored paper or construction paper. Give students the letters to make body parts words as in a crossword.

Spelling: approach spelling as problem solving instead of a memorization activity. Teach spelling strategies and skills. Here are some ideas.

Task cards: motivate students with these cards instead of a regular worksheet. Students will have to deal with one question at a time instead of a whole page in front of him/her. I create the task cards with all the grammar points in mind and you can use the ones that suit your class. Use them to review before tests. Students can work individually or in pairs. Save paper by printing  and laminating the set. Students write on their notebooks.

Worksheet: there is no perfect worksheet, but make changes to make it work. After I did the worksheet as the instructions I cut everything out and created a label all activity by labelling the body parts and then the colors.

Domino game benefits group learning experiences.

Body half game: print as many as you need. Give one half card to each child and have them walk around finding their other match and stand together. They can ask questions: Do you have the arm ? Make it a speaking activity.

Tracing helps with :
-       Eye-hand development and use of the writing tools: pencils, crayons, markers,etc.
-     help with fine motor skills.   Develops the awareness of key concepts of print  in  the new language, even more when the language alphabet is completely different
-       teaches directionality about the ley movements for letter and word formation
-       the result is a neat worksheet or card that makes the child like handwriting that has been lost for the excessive use of technology.

-       Create independent handwriting.

Picture and word matching: this kind of activity help develop the word recognition skill necessary to reading. Students can see very letter in each word in his own work area instead of looking at it on the board that several meters away from him/her. Children need to focus on recognizing words readily  to move on to meaning.